Mano Khalil

Switzerland, 2013, 107’

Editing: Thomas Bachmann
Photography: Mano Khalil, Steff Bossert
Producer: Manu Khalil
Producer Company: Frame Film
Music: Mario Batkovic
Sound: Weli Cici, Rolf Buttikoffer

The Beekeeper tells the touching story of a beekeeper. The turmoil of the Turkish-Kurdish war took away everything that he had: his wife, his children, his country and over 500 bee colonies, his way of making a living. He was left only with his love for bees and his unshakeable faith in the individual human being, regardless of his background. After a long odyssey full of deprivation, the beekeeper again found a life for himself in Switzerland, thanks to his passion for beekeeping.

Born in 1964 in Kamishly, Kurdistan-Syria. He is a Swiss citizenship. He studied History and Law at Damascus University between 1981-86. He studied directing at the Film Academy in Bratislava between 1987-94. He worked as a freelancer for Czechoslovakian and Slovakian television until 1995. He has been living in Switzerland since 1996. He currently works as director and producer. He was the founder of the production company Frame Film in 2012.

The Swallow, 2015
Der Imker, 2013
Unser Garten Eden – Geschichten aus dem Schrebergarten, 2010
David der Tolhildan, 2006
Al-Anfal – «im Namen von Allah, Baath und Saddam», 2005
Bunte Träume, 2004
Triumph Of Iron, 1998
Kinoeye, 1995
The Place Where God Sleeps, 1993
My God, 1992
Oh Father, 1991
Embassy, 1990
My Pain, My Hope, 1989
Oh World, 1988

Bozen, Bozner Filmtage, Preis der Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse für Besten Dokumentarfilm, 2014
Bundesamt für Kultur, Swiss Film Award, Best Documentary, 2014 (Nomination)
Film Festival della Lessinia, Lessinia d’Argento, 2013
Duhok International Film Festival, Best Kurdish Documentary Film, 2013
Der Neue Heimatfilm, Publikumspreis, 2013
München, DOK.fest München, VIKTOR DOK.deutsch Preis, 2013
Solothurn, Solothurner Filmtage, Prix de Soleure, 2013



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